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Fire up the #28 in 2017
During this year's operating season, the D&NE Locomotive #28 will be steamed up and pulling excursions on the North Shore Scneic Railroad. But we need your help to finish the job.
To complete the operational restoration project final touches need to be installed and coal needs to be bought. For a small contribution, you can be a part of preserving living railroad history in the Twin Ports.
Below are some photos from over the past couple years during the project's restoration.
A dedication excursion will be held when the locomotive is complete, hopefully later this year. All contributions include free tickets for this historic ride behind steam power!
Donate $58: Get 1 free coach ticket on the dedication excursion.
Plaque level $100: Get 2 free coach tickets on the dedication excursion, and get your name on a plaque that will be mounted in the cab of the locomotive, forever.
Premiere level $280: Get 2 first class tickets with the contributor’s name mounted on a plaque that will be mounted in the cab of the locomotive, forever.
Tycoon level $500: A private table reserved for 4 in the first class seating on the dedication excursion, a name on the plaque to be mounted in the cab of the locomotive, and a free year membership at the Missabe 193 level to the LSRM (upon your request).
Progress to Date:
The engine was moved by BNSF back to the Lenard Draper Maintenance Facility at the Lake Superior Railroad Museum in Duluth in early 2015. Work has continued since then on the interior of the cab, the locomotive’s controls and the boiler has been approved by the FRA for rebuilding. Painting is nearly done and various parts are re-installed for a test fire sometime in March/April of 2017.
Fraser Shipyards of Superior completed the re-tubing of the boiler at cost, but this was an expensive part of the project. The St. Louis & Lake Counties Regional Rail Authority helped with a $30,000 contribution to make this precise work get done.
Following FRA approval the engine has been reassembled, a boiler jacket built and installed with testing to follow. An actual running schedule has yet to be worked out, but 2017 looks good for steam power!
The Museum applied for and received a grant of $2500 towards the boiler work by the Tom E. Dailey Foundation of Chicago. This demonstrates the influence of the Museum, our ability to complete projects and the great interest the #28 restoration has generated nationally!
What is Next:
The engine is now being re-assembled and the jacket will be restored on the outer boiler. This will be complete over the winter season with a first test-fire happening as the snow starts to melt. Pending everything going according to plan, we anticipate the engine will go for test runs in the spring, with the “maiden voyage” and donor appreciation excursion happening soon after in June.
Your contribution does indeed include a ticket onboard this dedication excursion, and details for that will come available as soon as possible.
The members of the Lake Superior Railroad Museum
Every dollar donated goes directly to getting this engine fired up. Any excess dollars will go towards finishing up the work and getting coal in the tender for the first run, that you will be a part of!
History of the locomotive:
The #28 locomotive was built by the Pittsburgh Locomotive Works in 1906 for the Duluth, Missabe and Northern as their No. 332.
A typical drag freight consolidation type engine of the early 1900s, she weighs in at 102 tons (172 tons with tender loaded). The capacity of the tender is 8,000 gallons of water and 12 tons of coal.
This style of locomotive was designed to be used in general freight service, working slowly along the line setting out and picking up cars from sidings along the way. No. 28 was sold to the D&NE in 1955, and was used to haul logs, lumber products and some general freight. It worked in this service until 1964 and was last under steam in 1965. The D&NE restored and donated the locomotive to the Museum in 1974.